Gunners Rescue Point Against Spurs
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain smashed home for Arsenal in the final minutes to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat against resilient local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Derbies are usually tightly contested affairs and, after Everton and Liverpool battled it out in Saturday’s curtain raiser to draw 1-1, the North London derby was expected to be a hard-fought climax in the final game of the day.
Spurs travelled to The Emirates stadium on the back of a poor showing against West Bromwich Albion in the league last weekend where they lost 1-0 and had only claimed one point in their previous three matches. The visitors would also have been aware of the fact that they lost all three meetings with their opponents last season.
Arsenal were also out to heal fresh wounds after their 2-1 Capital One Cup loss against Southampton in midweek. However, tough tackles were flying in, it was Spurs who drew first blood by forcing Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey off through injury.
After a first half in which freedom of expression was very much oppressed, Spurs pulled out the salt yet again on 56 minutes and applied it thoroughly as Nacer Chadli raced onto Eric Lamela’s pass and slipped one past Wojeciech Szczesny to make it 1-0 to the visiting side.
The Gunners continued to push forward and were almost rewarded when Per Mertesacker rose above the opposition to power a header goalwards but Hugo Lloris was on hand to palm the effort away.
Arsene Wenger still had his get-out-of-jail free card on the bench in the form of Alexis Sanchez who came on in place of Jack Wishere. It was his shot at goal 16 minutes from time that caused a scramble in the Spurs box; Welbeck fluffed his effort before Oxlade-Chamberlain lached onto the ball, sending it rocketing into the top corner and the Arsenal fans into pandemonium.
Spurs could have taken all three points, however, their fans will be more than happy to share the spoils as it’s far more than they got in the three meetings last season. Arsenal are involved in another London derby next weekend when they face league leaders Chelsea, a game that sees former captain, Cesc Fabregas go up against the Gunners for the first time since leaving the club in 2011.